Category: Philosophy

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The Evolution of Ashtanga Yoga Part II

Yoga and Tradition By Matthew Sweeney Although Yoga, meditation and self inquiry are gaining popularity worldwide, these are still relatively new concepts for many people. How we define these concepts and the clarity with which we pursue them is of great interest to me. I am using the following definitions to shine a light on how adherence to a tradition...

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The Mistaken Expectation of Joy in Yoga

By Tim Feldmann Our yoga practice can give rise to difficult emotions, causing unnecessary confusion in our lives. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras offer a surprising context to help us understand this phenonoma. It seems there is a growing frustration in our contemporary yoga community as the popularity of this ancient Indian practice reaches new frontiers in our part of the world....

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My “Time-On” Sabbatical, or Where the Heck I’ve Been These Past 10 Months

Aren’t you done relaxing yet?” a well-intentioned entrepreneur friend once asked me. I was startled. For an overachiever plowing through life, taking time to be with myself and not have anything important to do was the most un-relaxing thing I could imagine. In fact, it was excruciating. Last fall, I left my position running business operations at a web startup...

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Meditations on Embodied Practice

By Christine Lee Introduction The last thing I expected was for one of my yoga teachers to sound a Socratic note. After a six hour session, he made a disconcerting remark: “I hope this workshop has raised more questions than provided answers. I hope it has made you realize how lost you really are.” This comment came after a grueling...

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Ashtanga Yoga 70 years or 2000?

A Side Thread to Matthew Sweeney’s Article ‘The Evolution of Ashtanga Yoga’ In Matthew Sweeney’s article The Evolution of Ashtanga Yoga that we posted here a few weeks ago, he writes the following: “Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a relatively new system, despite some opinions to the contrary. Apart from the obvious fact that the sequences have been changed by Pattabhi...

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The So-Called Tradition of Ashtanga

By Chad Herst I have noticed that as the Mysore-style Ashtanga method becomes more popular over the years, the individual connection between teacher and student is disintegrating. The practice, which was originally designed to be individualized, has become increasingly supplanted by a one-size-fits-all approach. This is a natural outgrowth as more and more people both learn and are touched by...

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The Evolution of Ashtanga Yoga

By Matthew Sweeney Ashtanga Yoga is a wonderful practice for the body and mind. It is an evolving practice that is changing and growing to suit people of all ages and abilities. At least that is its potential. The tradition and its changing nature can be a difficult thing to reconcile. This problem exists for all traditions, so understanding some...

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